Fútbol Más

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Fútbol Más: Promoting the development of resilience in girls, boys and teenagers

Santiago, ChileChile
Year Founded:
2007
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Promoting the development of resilience in girls, boys and teenagers who live in contexts of biopsychosocial vulnerability, with the objective of giving them the opportunity to enhance their personal resources in benefit of their and their community´s wellbeing.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if you could empower girls, boys, adoloscents, their families and even whole communities to even break the vicious circle of poverty and hunger, all through the power of a positive type of football?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We focus on a series of social problems that are caused by the root-problems of humanity: poverty and inequality. These two situations have caused the existence of vulnerable neighborhoods where people have fewer options in life than in ´favored´ neighborhoods, while living in a context of social risk factors that make it even more difficult to leave their current situation and enjoy life. Fundamental Childrens´rights are least enforced here.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Very shortly put, Fútbol Más has three objectives: 1. Developing and/or strengthening personal strengths and abilities for action in girls, boys and adolescents to promote resilient processes in them. 2. Develop a resilience enabling environment in the neighbourhood through work with communitarian social capital and positive parenting. 3. Promoting the development of transversal significant relationships in all involved actors of the executions of our social program. All through a professional and proven methodology based on, positive reinforcement (green cards), community work and daily biopsychosocial football classes based on a curriculum that has operationalized concepts of resilience into factors to base the classes on.

Awards

2015: Shortlist nomination one of the worlds best five programs in the theme of Social Inclusion (www.beyondsports.com)
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We will leave Gisell, once a alumni, now a resilience monitor, to do the talking: ´Since I have memory, I have loved football. When I was 14, I met the project that would change my life and the way I look at things. One year later they told me I was too old to be an alumni. However, I felt that there was something more I could do in my neighborhood. Fútbol Más for me is more than an organization of the neighborhood, it´s a life experience where we reinforce our virtues; a place where we can forget about our problems. Being a professor does not mean you have to know everything there is to know, it is more profound. I learned from the professors how natural it is to give something back if it comes from the heart, all you need is passion.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

5000 Kids participating in 4 countries with an average of 71% of assistance. Each kid does 108 hours of social-sports intervention per year, so we run 486.000 kids/hour of program. Trained 252 youth leaders in 2014 and 2015 Impact research: 1) Resilience and SDQ Comparing 2013 with 2014: Interpersonal skills level has seen an increase of 6%, self-comprehension an increase of 3.5%, confidence has maintained the same level and the autonomy score has increased by 3%. Overall, in the resilience scores through the years, we have seen a significant increase. 2) Neighborhood and Family We have seen a relative increase in 2014 of 40% in the trust scale between neighbours. The neighborhood was most convinced about us positively changing the behavior of children, as well as their school results. Also important, their life happiness scores have increased in time.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

In our first years in Chile we have developed the methodology to a high quality document. After measuring the results, while still expanding nationally, it became clear to us that we should not only attempt at achieving it in Chile, but in countries with similar problems. We crossed the borders to Ecuador, Peru and Haiti: everywhere being a success. The problem of vulnerable parts of society exists nearly in every country and thus it was recently decided we are expanding to Bolivia, Mexico and the U.S. in 2016/17, and in the upcoming years to every country where we see sustainable options.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Financial Sustainability is a part of the methodology. In three years of intensive work in each neighborhood we help the neighborhood (through the training of young leaders and the founding of a community organisation) to be increasingly participative/autonomous. After these three years come two years of monitoring and fine tuning of the community. Finally, after five years, all communities are autonomous. Our donors commit to support a certain a

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Many organisations have great sport programs that have great results in social change. Our project distinguishes itself through its holistic approach. Themes as healthy nutrition, public participation,